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Course: BTAN23001BA

Spring semester,
2012
2nd year BA
AMERICAN LITERATURE 2

A HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1900-1945
Place:
Mblg. 121
Time:
M. 8.00-10.00; 10.00-12.00;
Instructor:
Gabriella Varró (phone: 512-900/22152),
email:
gabriella.varro@gmail.com
Office Hours: M.13.00-14.00; Th. 13.00-14.00; 116/1.

Course goals: The central goal of this course is to systematically examine the major
movements, tendencies and innovations within American literature between 19001945. This second great flowering of American literature brought about important
changes in all genre forms, as serious attempts were made to incorporate the most
prominent European modernist innovations into the newly born American literature.
This multi-genre course is aiming at discussing the period, its mainstream authors and
their works while constantly pointing to the European roots of American literary
modernism, as well as to the uniquely American developments of the time.
Course description: The seminars will offer students a special selection from the
representative works by the mainstream authors of the period. Seminar discussions will
include in-depth analyses of the works assigned for each class, with as much student
contribution to individual class sessions as possible.
COURSE SCHEDULE:
1. Febr. 6. INTRODUCTION, Orientation, sign-up for presentation topics
2. Febr.13. ROBERT FROST “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” “After Apple-Picking,”
“Stopping By Woods,” “West-Running Brook;” E.A. ROBINSON: “Richard Cory,”
“Miniver Cheevy” *Modernism in American poetry: the New Englanders
3. Febr. 20. EDGAR LEE MASTERS: selections from SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY
(1915) "Elsa Wertman," "Hamilton Green," "Shack Dye," "Yee Bow," "Mrs. Charles
Bliss," "Benjamin Pantier," "Mrs. Benjamin Pantier," "Reuben Pantier," "Dora
Williams," "Emily Sparks," "Trainor, the Druggist," "Deacon Taylor," "Lucinda
Matlock," "Anne Rutledge;" *Modernism in American poetry: the Midwesterners—
common characteristics
4. March 27. Imagism and E. POUND: "In a Station of the Metro," "Canto I," "Canto
XLV;" *Imagist tenets: “A Retrospect,” or: the history of little magazines

3. and individually research these theoretical. 6. Each student will be responsible for an in-class oral presentation topics for which are suggested by asterisked sections in the Monday class schedule. *the New South vs." "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" *Hemingway’s African stories. April 02. Old South paradigm 13. ERNEST HEMINGWAY: THE SUN ALSO RISES (1926) *images and influences of the war in the novel." "Dry September. F. April 23. *** MIDTERM TEST *** 10. May 07. “Neighbour Rosicky” *Inventions and trends in the modern American short story 15. The end-term test will be similarly constructed and will include materials from the mid-term on. If you miss your presentation due to an absence. SCOTT FITZGERALD: THE GREAT GATSBY (1925) *symbolism in the novel. "Silent Snow. you have to send the outline of the . Absences should be reported to the instructor prior to the class (via email or phone). Secret Snow." *a comparative analysis of the two stories 12. *** Consultation Week ***: No Classes 9. *mythologies of the American South. *** Holiday ***: No Classes 14. 4." Conrad AIKEN. Students will voluntarily sign up for these topics during our orientation week. 2. The in-class mid-term paper will partly consist of an objective test (quotations from the works analysed in class) and of an essay-question on the works discussed up to that point. 5. March 26. May 14. April 16. April 30. The result of these quizzes will be considered as part of the final grade. April 09. William FAULKNER: THE SOUND AND THE FURY (1929) *the novel’s structure and narrative technique. March 05. stylistic issues that will supply the backgrounds of our class discussions. Any form of plagiarism during the quizzes will result in an incomplete grade for the course. Student participation will be taken into account in determining the final grade. ***ENDTERM TEST*** Course requirements: 1. **** Easter Monday****: No Classes 11. or: the roaring twenties 6." Willa CATHER. March 19.5. William FAULKNER: The American short story II: WILLIAM FAULKNER: "A Rose For Emily. The modern American short story I: ERNEST HEMINGWAY: "The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber. Students will regularly be tested in the assigned readings in the form of in-class quizzes. a comparative analysis 7. The American short story III: O’HENRY: "The Roads We Take. March 12. or: relevance of the epigraphs to the interpretation of the novel 8.

. and turn up at the first class of the courses with the hard copy of their syllabi. IMPORTANT: Students are kindly requested to download and print the syllabi. Vg.presentation missed. Vg. To download them. as well as choose a new presentation topic. Missed classes should be verified by a doctor’s certificate. please click on the hyperlinks.

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